NPHS weekend wrapup: Wrestling sends 7, Trimpe to State Finals, BBB wins 2
February 4, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
In the team score, the Dragons were third with 139.5 points. Perry Meridian won the regional with 230.5 points. Warren Central had 194.
At 106, New Palestine's Red improved to 40-0 on the year with a pin of Crispus Attucks' Maria Palma, a 5-1 victory over Roncalli's Ethan Briggeman and a 3:29 fall over Warren Central's Matthew McKinney -- whose two losses on the year have come to Red.
Dragon results from the final round.
NPHS finished third in the 10-team event with 312 points.
Connersville won the 10-team event with 356 points, four points better than second-place Mt. Vernon (352). New Palestine was third with 312 and Greenfield-Central fourth with 293.
Three local athletes advanced to the State Finals in four events. Trimpe will move on to the State Finals in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. She finished 1-2 with her younger sister Erin in the breaststroke.
The State Finals will commence next Friday at the Indiana University Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
The 20 sectional champions advance to the State Finals, plus anyone under a state cut time and the next-fastest times to get to 32 participants in each event.
New Palestine finals results
Michael Morris scored 32 points -- giving him 63 for the weekend and 92 for the last three games.
His eight triples tied a school record, and eclipsed Ryan Curry's season high of seven set in the Franklin Central game on Dec. 15.
Morris was 12-of-13 from the floor, 8-of-9 from 3-point range and added five rebounds and two assists.
Curry had a big night of his own, hitting five 3s for 15 points. Solomon Haynes (2) and Keegan Lytle (1) hit the other 3-pointers for the Dragons.
Brandon Jonas added eight points and four assists. Solomon Haynes had six points and five assists. Connor Roach led NP with seven rebounds and two blocks. Morris added six boards and Seth Cox five.
Brandon Jonas had eight points for NP, scoring six in a third-quarter spurt that allowed NP to pull away from a 10-point halftime lead. NP led 59-38 after three, outscoring the Pioneers 17-6 in the period and punctuating it with a Morris 3 for his 29th point.
NP hit 30-of-43 from the floor -- a 70 percent clip -- and was 73 percent (16-of-22) from 3-point range.
J.T. Hurt led two Pioneers in double figures with 17 points. Lane Weaver had 11 points.
NP (13-4) next plays Thursday at home against Franklin. Mooresville fell to 4-10 on the season.
Friday: New Palestine 66, Shelbyville 52: Michael Morris scored 26 of his game-high 31 points in the second half to carry the Dragons to a Hoosier Heritage Conference victory.
NP is now 12-4 on the season and 6-0 in HHC play. The Dragons' remaining conference game is Feb. 15 against Mt. Vernon, which is also unbeaten in HHC play. NP is seeking its third HHC title and first since 2003.
Morris hit 11-of-19 from the floor and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. He had all but 10 of NP's second-half points.
Seth Cox added 11 points for NP on 4-of-4 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the line. He had nine in the first half. Solomon Haynes and Brandon Jonas scored eight points each -- Jonas hitting 8-of-12 from the foul stripe.
Haynes added four assists and two steals. Samson Haynes had two assists and four rebounds. Jonas and Connor Roach also had four boards each to lead the Dragons. Jonas had three steals.
NP was 21-of-41 from the field and 19-of-25 from the free-throw line. Shelby was 19-of-47 from the floor and 8-of-17 from the stripe.
Ethan Runnebohm had 16 points for Shelbyville and Reilly Reinbold had 12 points and four assists. Adam Eads added nine. Jake Laker's seven rebounds led all players.
This one was close for much of the first three quarters, until Morris got hot. He scored 20 consecutive Dragon points at one point in the second half to help NP pull away.
NP led 21-18 after a quarter, 30-28 at the half and 45-42 after three, but used a 21-4 run to break the game open in the fourth.
The Dragons scored 103.275 points, besting Hagerstown (97.975) and Rushville (95.3).
New Palestine won all four individual titles and had the top two all-around finishers -- Kenzi Hoffman (35.375) and Kaytlin Fee (34.0).
Hoffman won the vault (9.25) and floor (9.05). She was second on bars (8.375) and beam (8.7). Fee was the champion on balance beam (8.8). She was fifth on bars, fifth on floor and ninth on vault. Shelly Huesman won the Dragons' other title, on uneven bars (8.525).
NP had 1-2 finishes on vault, bars and beam. On vault, Annabelle Dockins' 8.95 was the runner-up to Hoffman. On bars, Huesman and Hoffman were 1-2. On beam, Fee and Hoffman took the top two spots.
Other top-10 finishers for the Dragons were Kylie Zehner on beam (seventh) and vault (10th). In addition to Dockins' second-place finish on vault, she was sixth on floor. Huesman added a seventh-place finish on floor and 10th on balance beam. She was fifth in the all-around, while Dockins was 10th.
The Dragons host Rushville Monday.